Steve Helling
February 26, 2014 07:00 AM

It was supposed to be a typical local newscast. A reporter at WVLT was assigned to an apartment complex in Knoxville, Tenn., last week to cover the stabbing of a 61-year-old woman.

But shortly after reporter Hilary Magacs finished interviewing a neighbor on Feb. 21, a disheveled woman approached her and began to talk. As Magacs’s camera rolled, the woman – the victim’s daughter – began a rambling confession.

“I had to kill her,” said Katie Nichols, looking into the camera. “She was so powerful. I had no idea that my mother was that powerful.”

For several minutes, Nichols spoke about satanic cults and nuclear bombs. “When I left, she was still breathing,” Nichols told the station. “I stabbed her three times and she should have died. I don’t know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her.”

Alarmed, Magacs called 911. While the cameras continued to roll, police arrived and arrested Nichols, charging her with attempted first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police have taken a copy of the video into evidence.

The victim, who was stabbed in the stomach, neck and chest, had surgery and is expected to survive.

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